Recruitment in Leeds United’s midfield is set to be on the agenda again in the event of Kalvin Phillips moving on this summer.
Leeds have already signed Marc Roca but Phillips moving on will increase the chance they sign another.
GiveMeSport have recently outlined that Sander Berge of Sheffield United is someone Leeds could move for.
The 24-year-old is valued at ?25m and enjoyed a strong season in 2021/22, scoring six goals and registering four assists.
Our writers Toby (Neutral) and Alfie (N12) discuss the possibility of Berge ending up at Elland Road:
You do get the feeling that this could be a rather good signing for Leeds United if they get it done.
If, as looks to be a possibility, Kalvin Phillips does move on from the club this summer, it is inevitable that Leeds will have to bring in some more cover in the centre of midfield for next season and beyond.
Berge is obviously someone who can fill that role, and having again stood out for Sheffield United last season, can do a more than useful job while doing so, which he has previously shown he can do in the Premier League.
His ability to both shield the defence behind him, and make things happen going forward as well, means that the 24-year-old could be a significant long term asset for the club as well, meaning this is one that you feel Victor Orta and co. should certainly be considering following up on.
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Berge is a great player and if Leeds get their hands on him and use him properly, he will prove to be a real asset.
The Norwegian has international pedigree and did stand out at Sheffield United during their Premier League stay.
His campaign in the Championship season just gone was an impressive one, too. Berge scored goals regularly and looked the part in a more advanced central midfield position.
That does beg the question whether or not he’d be a good replacement for Kalvin Phillips, whose strengths come in-front of the back-four. Although Berge has the quality to do that, particularly in a double pivot as Jesse Marsch has opted for.
However, if Leeds did sign Berge, you’d like to see Marsch give him a licence to get forwards and impact games in a way he managed last season.
If Leeds can do that, you’d think that Berge could be a really strong addition.